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Fixing row: Latif given bat grips by bookie for signals, says PCB lawyer

Khalid Latif
Khalid Latif

The Pakistan Cricket Board yesterday said it had seized bat grips given to Khalid Latif by a bookmaker which the Islamabad United opener was allegedly supposed to use to indicate he would participate in a spot fix.

The 31-year-old stands accused of attempting to spot fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy. His case is currently being heard by a three-member tribunal convened to adjudicate on the scandal which emerged during the Pakistan Super League in UAE in February and March. "One (piece) of evidence is we seized the bat grips that a bookie had given and they were seized from Khalid’s kit bag," PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi said.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and spinner Mohammad Nawaz have already been banned for six months with six suspended, and one month with one suspended, respectively and fined after they confessed to failing to report meetings bookmakers. Khalid and three other players — Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed — are also provisionally suspended and face bans ranging from five years to life if found guilty.

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